Events in 2021

Opening times:
13 February – 31 October 2021
10am to 5pm daily

Click to see photos of our previous events, or upload your own on Instagram using #bordehillgarden

May
7
Fri
2021
Form in Nature – Sculpture Exhibition
May 7 – Sep 30 all-day

Form in Nature – Sculpture Exhibition 2021

See the beautiful Sussex garden at Borde Hill transformed into a stunning outdoor gallery with ‘Form in Nature’, a carefully curated exhibition of sculpture, kindly sponsored by 1st Central Insurance.

More than 80 sculptures will be placed throughout the 17-acre formal garden, working in harmony with the renowned horticultural collection that has put Borde Hill on the map. The diverse display of abstract and figurative works will highlight fresh new talent, alongside some familiar names returning to be part of this celebration of art. Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke, family owner of Borde Hill, says, ‘This is the 22nd anniversary of our sculpture exhibition, and we’re delighted to support the wonderful artists and their impressive works, which celebrate creativity at a time when we all need a touch of magic.’

Will Carr’s kinetic wind sculpture ‘Fluidity’ will captivate viewers as it twists and turns in the breeze in front of the Elizabethan Mansion. Wandering further into the garden ‘rooms’, visitors will encounter ‘Greer, Guardian Angel, a striking figure by artist sculptor Ed Elliott, a work which was awarded ‘Sculpture of the Year 2020’ at the Cotswold Sculpture Park.

Exploring the Garden’s hidden spaces, visitors will stumble across exquisite stone carvings, alongside works in resin, metal and glass. Many pieces draw inspiration from the natural world, including ‘Sycamore Spin’ by Zoe Singleton, ‘Ammonite’ by Nicola Axe and ‘Falling Water’ by Richard Cresswell.

Smaller pieces will be exhibited inside the Glasshouse and Green Tree Gallery, encouraging visitors to explore every nook and cranny of the historic garden and grounds. All works will be on sale, with something to suit every taste and pocket.

The exhibition, kindly sponsored by 1st CENTRAL, will run daily from 7th May – 30th September 2021 with admission included in the standard entry price.

Admission included in standard entry price.

Kindly sponsored by:

1st Central Insurance

 

 

For more information, please contact us at sculptureandart@bordehill.co.uk

Exhibiting artists: Andrew Mckeown, Anne-Marie Moss, Antoinette Jackson, Brendon Murless, Carrieann Moore, Christine Baxter, Daniel Calderwood, David Watkinson, Ed Elliott, Gary Boulton, Jeremy Moulsdale, Jo Ansell, Jo Holt, Joshua Diment, Lesley Stepney, Liz Tiranti, Luke Dickinson, Lynda Hukins, Lynn Warren, Mel Fraser, Nicola Axe, Paul Harvey, Rachel Dein, Renee Kilburn, Richard Cresswell, Rosie Jones, Sara Ingleby-Mackenzie, Sophie Marsham, Stacey Beaumont, Steven Atkinson, Susie Hartley, Will Carr, Zoe Singleton

Jun
14
Mon
2021
Rose Celebration Weeks
Jun 14 – Jun 27 all-day
Rose Celebration Weeks

Join us to celebrate the beauty of the Jay Robin’s Rose Garden

Admire the beauty of the Rose Garden at its peak; a real feast for the senses with 750 David Austin rose plants and 100 varieties filling the air with a glorious fragrance.

The Rose Garden, designed by Robin Williams and planted 25 years ago in 1996, contains the most valued and popular roses developed by David Austin, including Gertrude Jekyll, Winchester Cathedral and Graham Thomas. It also contains the most popular roses sold in the last 12 months in the UK including Olivia Rose Austin, Lady Emma Hamilton and Darcy Bussell.

Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, says “Jay Robin’s Rose Garden is undoubtedly the main highlight of the summer displays, with the sight and fragrance of over 750 David Austin roses being something to behold.”

During our Rose Celebration Weeks, we will be offering visitors hints and tips to help you grow your own beautiful roses at home.

Other Rose Celebration Events
18 June: Talk – ‘Growing the Most Beautiful Roses’ with Michael Marriott >find out more
7 July: Workshop – ‘Designing a Romantic Rose Border’ with Juliet Sargeant >find out more

Specialist Gifts and Rose Plants
Take home a rose plant from our Plant Sales, or a rose-themed souvenir from the Gift Shop; the perfect reminder of your visit.

Jun
16
Wed
2021
Nature for Wellbeing – Guided Sensory Walk
Jun 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Explore the Garden on a guided Sensory Walk

Take sanctuary from today’s hectic world on a restful and restorative guided walk in the beautiful grounds of Borde Hill Garden.

Visiting gardens and spending time in the fresh air can enhance feelings of wellbeing whilst helping improve both physical and mental health. Whether living with sensory or physical impairment, our dementia-friendly walks provide an enjoyable experience for all.

This walk will take in the Garden’s colourful and highly scented Rose Garden, at its peak with 750 David Austin rose plants filling the air with fragrance. Visitors will be encouraged to get up close and to smell the different varieties, whist also being able to feel and touch the purple nepeta blooms surrounding the Rose Garden’s central pool, a favourite plant for buzzing bees and pollinating insects.

Take time out to relax and chat with like-minded people whilst reconnecting with nature through sight, smell and touch.

Tickets:
£3.00 per person (including Friends), plus Garden admission. Carers are Free

The Garden is accessible to those with restricted mobility, whilst gentle slopes with hard surfaces allow wheelchair access. There are plenty of benches located throughout the Garden.

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Jun
18
Fri
2021
‘Growing the Most Beautiful Roses’ – Talk with Michael Marriott
Jun 18 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Talk and Tour with Michael Marriott of David Austin Roses.

As part of Borde Hill’s Rose Celebration Weeks, immerse yourself in the wonderful world of roses during a fascinating talk with lecturer, garden writer and Chief Rosarian at David Austin Roses, Michael Marriott.

Rediscover the beauty of growing and caring for this much-loved flower with one of the country’s leading experts. Michael will help you plan and nurture a beautiful rose garden, offering advice on everything from choosing the right rose for your situation, to pruning, fragrance and colour combinations.

Following the talk, join Michael Marriott and Head Gardener, Andy Stevens, for a guided tour of Borde Hill’s fragrant Rose Garden at its peak with 750 David Austin roses in bloom.

Itinerary
10.30 – tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival served inside the Garden Marquee
11.00 – talk with Michael Marriott
12.00 – tour of the Rose Garden with its 750 rose plants, including tips on how to grow healthy and floriferous roses at home
13.00 – explore the rest of the Garden at leisure, lunch at one of our Cafes, or perhaps be tempted by one of the rose plants on sale from the shop

Tickets
£39.50
£31.60 (Borde Hill Members – 20% discount)
Advance booking required

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Jun
19
Sat
2021
The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show
Jun 19 @ 10:00 am – Jun 20 @ 5:00 pm
The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Members of the Sussex Guild are delighted to be exhibiting for the first time at Borde Hill Garden. This summer, the Contemporary Craft Show will be spread across two weekends, with approximately 23 different stall holders each weekend .

Browse a spectacular variety of well-designed, inspirational and beautifully made arts and crafts on the Azalea Ring. Meet the designer makers and see examples of their work, including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metalwork, print making, textile art, woodwork and more.

Most of the work can be purchased, or specially commissioned.

Tickets
Included in Standard Garden admission (FREE to Borde Hill Members)
Admission includes entry to the Garden, Parkland, Woodland and Playground.
Dogs on leads welcome

RHS Members / Historic Houses Members: Free entry does not apply for this special event
Gardeners’ World 2For1 or other discount vouchers, including our 2FOR1 3pm ticket offer, are not valid for this special event

Glass: Abi Street - South Downs
Glass: Abi Street - South Downs
Ceramics: Mary McFadden - Teasels Jug
Ceramics: Mary McFadden - Teasels Jug
Textiles: Wendy Dolan - In the Field
Textiles: Wendy Dolan - In the Field
Jun
26
Sat
2021
The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – Jun 27 @ 5:00 pm
Glass: Elizabeth Welch - Wren
Glass: Elizabeth Welch - Wren
Jewellery: Anna Clark - Silver Enamel Ring
Jewellery: Anna Clark - Silver Enamel Ring
Textiles: Darren Ball - Petunia
Textiles: Darren Ball - Petunia

The Sussex Guild Contemporary Craft Show

Members of the Sussex Guild are delighted to be exhibiting for the first time at Borde Hill Garden. This summer, the Contemporary Craft Show will be spread across two weekends, with approximately 23 different stall holders each weekend.

Browse a spectacular variety of well-designed, inspirational and beautifully made arts and crafts on the Azalea Ring. Meet the designer makers and see examples of their work, including ceramics, furniture, glass, jewellery, metalwork, print making, textile art, woodwork and more.

Most of the work can be purchased, or specially commissioned.

Tickets
Included in Standard Garden admission (FREE to Borde Hill Members)
Admission includes entry to the Garden, Parkland, Woodland and Playground.
Dogs on leads welcome

RHS Members / Historic Houses Members: Free entry does not apply for this special event
Gardeners’ World 2For1 or other discount vouchers, including our 2FOR1 3pm ticket offer, are not valid for this special event

Jun
27
Sun
2021
‘Little Buds’ Family Gardening Club: SOW & GROW
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Little Buds’ is our family friendly Gardening Club, designed to get green-fingered little ones aged 4+ outdoors and enjoying nature in the beautiful grounds at Borde Hill. The club concept is simple – to inspire children and their families to learn more about gardening, grow your own (GYO) and how to look after wildlife. What could be more important than developing skills that will last a lifetime and promote the benefits of healthy eating and natural living?

Join Suzanne Mark from Treehoppers Forest Kindergarten at Borde Hill, and Paulina Hechenleitner, a horticulturist and plant scientist who trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and Kew, who will lead the group in a range of fun and engaging gardening and nature-themed activities. Children will be able to plant, play and get creative, and parents can take-home tips for their own garden.

The sessions include hands-on gardening, vegetable growing and inspiring craft activities that will vary according to the season. Children will be able to take home planted seeds, bulbs and their own crafts: experiences designed to inspire and educate.

Session 1 SOW & GROW
The session will focus on sowing a quick-growing crop and how to look after it. We will discuss different containers to grow seeds, and how we can be more environmentally friendly and sustainable. We will also design and make our own watering can from a plastic milk bottle – perfect for small plants and small hands!

Tickets
Children (4-10yrs): £9.50 (Non-Members), £8.00 (Members)
Parents/Guardians: FREE

Ticket price includes FREE child admission to the Garden on that day (adults to pay)

Little Buds Gardening Club will take place at the Treehoppers site within Cuckoo Corner. Please follow the signs from the Garden entrance.

Jul
4
Sun
2021
Focus 10k Run for Chailey Heritage Foundation
Jul 4 all-day

Focus 10k supporting children and young people with complex neurodisabilities at Chailey Heritage Foundation.

The runs cover a beautiful cross-country course through park and woodland with a couple of steep hills.  Choose between 10K, 5K or Mini Mile for the kids.  New for 2021 we have a Virtual option – run the Focus 10k distance of your choice at a location of your choice.

You can expect

  • A safe and secure COVID compliant event
  • A well-marked cross-country course
  • Chip timing
  • Support to help you fundraise
  • Training advice and tips

On the day

  • Hand sanitising stations available at the entrance and across the race village, with increased attention to good hand hygiene actively encouraged
  • Race village with food and drink for spectators and runners, and entertainment where COVID regulations allow
  • Plenty of space to allow for social distancing
  • Souvenir water bottles and other goodies on sale
  • Medal for every participant
  • Free parking
  • Winners’ prizes
  • Water provided for the runners
  • An exciting fundraising raffle
  • Increased attention to hygiene at the toilet facilities
Music in the Garden
Jul 4 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Live Music in the Garden – the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s afternoon.

Bring a picnic and relax with the family in a beautiful garden setting, whilst serenaded by a different musical act each Sunday. Kick back and let the music wash over you…

The Gardener’s Retreat café will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden. Dogs on leads welcome.

Jul
7
Wed
2021
‘Designing a Romantic Rose Border’ – Workshop with Juliet Sargeant
Jul 7 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Award-winning designer and TV gardener, Juliet Sargeant, is bringing her Sussex Garden School to Borde Hill. Well-known for her approachable presenting style, Juliet’s fun and informative workshops are packed with knowledge gleaned from 20 years of creating gardens and with tips that you don’t find in books.

‘Designing a Romantic Rose Border’ Workshop – Wednesday 7 July, 10.30-3.30

Re-create the magic of the Borde Hill Garden with a romantic rose border of your own. Learn how to combine roses and herbaceous plants to create borders and arches which will flower from spring to autumn.

Now the traditional rose border has evolved to include companion planting with other flowering shrubs and flowers to extend the season of interest. But how do you also ensure the practical considerations for maintaining the roses?

In this illustrated talk and workshop, Juliet will explain how to choose the most reliable roses and combine them with suitable under-planting, to create borders that perform for months, with the classic romance of roses.

Subjects covered:
Different types of rose plants – choosing, buying and planting roses – perfect companion plants for a romantic rose border – the practicalities of maintaining a rose border

Who is the course for?
Beginners and garden enthusiasts are welcome.
This course for anyone who loves roses, but would like to extend their season of interest with romantic companion planting

By the end of the day you will:

  • understand how to combine rose plants for a beautiful effect
  • understand how to extend the season of interest of your rose borders
  • know a good range of herbaceous plants to combine with and underplant your rose border
  • Be inspired by Borde Hill’s beautiful rose garden and learn to re-create its magic in your own home.

The Group:
We will be an informal group. Juliet teaches in an accessible, workshop-style with illustrated ‘info-bites’ and relevant exercises for you to think about your own garden.

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Tickets:
£90.00 (Early Bird £80.00 if booked before 15 May)
£75.00 (RHS Members)

Booking essential at: www.sussexgardenschool.com

Includes: Garden entry and illustrated handouts

Jul
10
Sat
2021
Sussex Gin Fest 2021
Jul 10 @ 12:00 pm
Sussex Gin Fest 2021 @ Borde Hill Garden

The UK’s Biggest Gin Festival Returns to Borde Hill Garden on Saturday 10th July 2021. Tickets on sale now!

Bigger, better and with even more to experience and enjoy, celebrate the extraordinary craftsmanship of independent Sussex, British and worldwide gin distillers at this unique festival. With delicious hot and cold artisan food, captivating demonstrations on all things gin, and not forgetting our main stage with live entertainment all day, this is one of the hottest festival tickets for 2021.

Set within more than two hundred acres of traditional parkland, Borde Hill Garden is a place which captivates and delights visitors with its series of intimate “living garden rooms”, fine woodland parklands, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald. Following the success of Sussex Gin Fest 2019, we are delighted to be hosting the festival once again, with ticket holders gaining free entry into Borde Hill Garden.

Sussex produce is at the centre of this unique festival, but we will also be showcasing gins of the world with international culinary options to compliment them, and our ‘Best of the Rest’ zone will feature small-batch guest gins from neighbouring counties. There will also be a local beer brewer on-site and some Sussex ‘fizz’ for you to try and when you need cooling down under the July sunshine we even have a gin and tonic sorbet to quench your thirst!

This event is only for people aged 18 and over.  Please drink responsibly.

Tickets

£17.50 (no booking fee when booked directly through the Borde Hill website)

By purchasing a ticket, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined at: sussexginfest.com

Refund policy: No Refunds.

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, the event is only for people aged 18 and over. Please make sure to bring ID if you look under 25, as we will be operating a Challenge 25 policy.

Are dogs allowed at Sussex Gin Fest?

Unfortunately for health and safety reasons, we cannot allow any animals. Exceptions will be made for guide dogs, hearing dogs, and other support animals.

Will there be any seating?

This is a standing ticket, but there will be lots of various options for seating provided during the event.

Jul
17
Sat
2021
Family Summer Trail – The Woods of Wonder
Jul 17 – Sep 11 all-day

The Woods of Wonder – Family Trail

This summer join Warren the Flower Fairy on a magical Woodland adventure. Get ready to travel to imaginary lands and meet other worldly creatures… discover that the trees can hear, flowers can talk and strange hidden beings watch your every move. Nothing is what is seems!

Explore each mystical land, filling in the activities in the ‘Woods of Wonder’ story book. Once all the chapters have been completed, return to the ‘real’ world and collect a reward.

Tickets
*£3 per trail to include a prize, plus Garden admission (FREE to Members)

Jul
18
Sun
2021
Music in the Garden
Jul 18 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Live Music in the Garden – the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s afternoon.

Bring a picnic and relax with the family in a beautiful garden setting, whilst serenaded by a different musical act each Sunday. Kick back and let the music wash over you…

The Gardener’s Retreat café will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden. Dogs on leads welcome.

Jul
23
Fri
2021
Open Air Opera: Tosca
Jul 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Open Air Opera: Tosca

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present Tosca by Puccini, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description
Tosca is a must see for both newcomers and aficionados. Beautiful and breathtaking arias and rousing musical moments in Puccini’s magnificent score which flows like the incidental music to a film – introducing and reinforcing dramatic events.

This new production is set in Rome in the 1940’s and brings to light all of the tragedies that happen in relationships during a world of conflict.

The performance will be sung in English.

Tickets:
Adult: £30.00 (£35 on the gate)
Child: £12.00 (5-16 years old)
Operatic Picnic (2 Adult Tickets plus a Picnic for 2): £95.00

Doors open at 6.00pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.30pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic which can be collected prior to the performance (includes 2 Adult Tickets plus a picnic for 2) – £95.00
Cheese Board Selection to include 4 cheeses with Grapes, Walnuts and Wafers, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with Onion Jam, Olives and Hummus, Crusty Roll, Real Crisps, Macaroons, Large bottle of Mineral Water.

Prosecco, red and white wine, ale or Elderflower presse can be purchased on the day and added to your picnic (other drinks available on request). The picnic includes a disposable gable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.

Performance information:
• Entry: to the South Lawn where the event is taking place is via Reception located at the top of the drive. The Gate opens at 6.00pm. The performance begins at 7.30pm.
• Parking: Please park your car in the visitor car park. The opera will take place on the South Lawn, which is approximately 100m from the car park. Cars may not be left in the car park overnight.
• Disabled Parking: Disabled bays are available in the visitor car park.
• Refreshments: Guests are welcome to bring picnics, or pre-book an Operatic Picnic for Two, which includes 2 Adult tickets plus a picnic for 2 which can collected prior to the performance. A selection of barista coffee, loose lead tea, soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase from The Gardeners’ Retreat café adjacent to the performance area.
• Toilets: Toilets, to include an accessible toilet, located at the Reception building and the Biomass building.
• Dress Code: This event will go ahead regardless of weather, please come dressed appropriately. Umbrellas will be permitted.
• Seating: Please bring your own low back chairs as seating will not be provided. Gazebos are not permitted.
• No Smoking is permitted within the Garden. • No photography is allowed during the performance

DIRECTIONS
Car: Borde Hill is 1.5 miles north of Haywards Heath off Borde Hill Lane, (SatNav RH16 1XP). Rail: The nearest train station is in Haywards Heath Taxi transfers are available from the station

Jul
24
Sat
2021
Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Open Air Opera: The Marriage of Figaro

Britain’s leading outdoor touring company, Opera Brava, present The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart, performed with a chamber ensemble against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House.

Description
Probably the most perfect and popular opera. A day in the life of Figaro. A joyful farce in which we witness the foibles and intrigues used to reveal the indiscretions of a philandeing nobleman, Count Almaviva. Some of Mozart’s most sublime music features in this bittersweet yet uplifting comedy. Opera Brava’s new production with an International cast and set in the Eighteenth Century will delight and enlighten you in this glorious production.

World class singing from Britain’s outstanding touring opera company. The performance will be sung in English.

Tickets:
Adult: £30.00 (£35 on the gate)
Child: £12.00 (5-16 years old)
Operatic Picnic (2 Adult Tickets plus a Picnic for 2): £95.00

Doors open at 6.00pm. Relax in the Garden before the performance begins at 7.00pm. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only

Pre-order an Operatic Picnic which can be collected prior to the performance (includes 2 Adult Tickets plus a picnic for 2) – £95.00
Cheese Board Selection to include 4 cheeses with Grapes, Walnuts and Wafers, Italian Cured Meat Selection, Farmhouse Terrine with Onion Jam, Olives and Hummus, Crusty Roll, Real Crisps, Macaroons, Large bottle of Mineral Water.

Prosecco, red and white wine, ale or Elderflower presse can be purchased on the day and added to your picnic (other drinks available on request). The picnic includes a disposable gable box which also contains plastic glasses, plates, knives, forks and napkins.

Performance information:
• Entry: to the South Lawn where the event is taking place is via Reception located at the top of the drive. The Gate opens at 6.00pm. The performance begins at 7.00pm.
• Parking: Please park your car in the visitor car park. The opera will take place on the South Lawn, which is approximately 100m from the car park. Cars may not be left in the car park overnight.
• Disabled Parking: Disabled bays are available in the visitor car park.
• Refreshments: Guests are welcome to bring picnics, or pre-book an Operatic Picnic for Two, which includes 2 Adult tickets plus a picnic for 2 which can collected prior to the performance. A selection of barista coffee, loose lead tea, soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase from The Gardeners’ Retreat café adjacent to the performance area.
• Toilets: Toilets, to include an accessible toilet, located at the Reception building and the Biomass building.
• Dress Code: This event will go ahead regardless of weather, please come dressed appropriately. Umbrellas will be permitted.
• Seating: Please bring your own low back chairs as seating will not be provided. Gazebos are not permitted.
• No Smoking is permitted within the Garden. • No photography is allowed during the performance

DIRECTIONS
Car: Borde Hill is 1.5 miles north of Haywards Heath off Borde Hill Lane, (SatNav RH16 1XP). Rail: The nearest train station is in Haywards Heath Taxi transfers are available from the station

Jul
28
Wed
2021
Sharp Shots Photo Club – Capturing Summer Sun (Kids 7-11 years)
Jul 28 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Capturing Summer Sun  (Kids 7 to 11 year olds)

This workshop will focus on capturing the summer sun through our camera lenses. Students will learn how their camera makes a photograph enabling them to take great close ups of Borde Hill’s amazing flowers and sculptures and sharp wildlife images of the bees and butterflies.

We will spend the entire workshop outdoors in the beautiful grounds capturing summer through our lenses together. We’ll find brightly coloured flowers to photograph, learning how to blur our backgrounds, and take show stopping action shots the birds & bugs in the park. Our students will put to use their new knowledge, using their camera settings and composition tips to create fun summer images to show off at home.

Tickets
£39.00 (there is an additional charge of £8 for the use of a camera)
Pre-booking required

Sharp Shots Photo Club – Capturing Summer Sun (Teens)
Jul 28 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Capturing Summer Sun  (Teens)

This course will focus on capturing the essence of summer.

Students will learn how their aperture, shutter speed and ISO affect their images and make great photos. We will teach our students how to use their camera settings creatively, making wonderful images of the summer through their viewfinders. We will work with aperture to blur the backgrounds behind the summer blossoms and shutter speed to capture the wildlife in the gardens of Borde Hill. We’ll look at famous photographers images together, discussing composition and how we can apply the same ideas in our own photographs.

The entire workshop will be outdoors using our new knowledge to take stunning colourful shots representing summer at its best!

Tickets
£45.00 (there is an additional charge of £8 for the use of a camera)
Pre-booking required

Aug
7
Sat
2021
‘Wilderness Camp’ – Family Bushcraft Experience
Aug 7 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Switch off from technology and make the most of being outdoors this summer by joining ‘Wilderness Camp’, a bushcraft experience for the whole family held in the beautiful woodland at Borde Hill.

Try your hand at den building, lighting fires, cooking marshmallows on a stick and outdoor games.

This 5 hour workshop, aimed at both parents and children aims to provide an introduction to traditional bushcraft skills and guarantees fun throughout!

Bushcraft encompasses a range of skills based on primitive ways of living. It can help us harness the benefits of nature whilst reconnecting us to the natural world.

More details

Tickets (including Friends):
Child – £15.00 (5-16 years)
Adult – £40.00
Family of 4 people – £100

Tickets include entry to the Garden

Suitable for children aged 5+ (under 5’s free).
All children to be accompanied by a paying adult.

Advance booking required. Tickets are non-refundable.

Duration: Wilderness Camp will run from 10am-3pm, but participants need to arrive at 9.30am
What to wear: dress for the weather and wear old clothes and suitable footwear. Bring a ground blanket and a waterproof jacket if it’s raining.
Food: hot drinks and marshmallows will be provided, but please bring a picnic including something to cook over the campfire (sausages or corn cob). Please bring cold drinks to stay hydrated.

Please follow the government guidelines for hygiene and bring personal hand sanitisers. This event follows the government venue group gatherings Covid-19 Secure guidelines.

‘Wilderness Camp’ is run by Wooducation. Wooducation’s mission is to connect people with nature, the outdoors and promote wellbeing. Bushcraft, parties, team building and educational days.

Aug
13
Fri
2021
Children’s Outdoor Theatre: Mr Stink
Aug 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Children's Outdoor Theatre: Mr Stink

David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink is coming to Borde Hill Garden with an open air theatre production staged by Heartbreak Productions.

Description:
You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday, hosted by everyone’s favourite MP candidate, Janet Crumb! (Almost) everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink.

One perfectly normal afternoon in an average English town two restless souls unite on a park bench – one of them the lonely 12 year old Chloe Crumb and the other an incredibly smelly homeless man. Oh, and let’s not forget his loyal dog, the Duchess. Chloe’s curiosity and kindness pave the way for this extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street via a garden shed.

Pack a picnic, grab a chair and dress for the weather. Packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, this touching tale provides the perfect family entertainment.

Performed on the South Lawn against the backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion House, Heartbreak Productions’ version of this popular children’s book is suitable for children aged 7+.

Refreshments will be available throughout the performance.
Running time: 2 hours

Booking essential

Tickets: Adults: £12, Children: £10 (3-16 years old), Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): £39

Includes entry to the Garden and Adventure Playground from 3.00pm (if arriving before 3.00pm, normal Garden admission charges apply). Access to the performance area from 5.00pm. Performance begins at 5.30pm and finishes at 7.30pm. There will be a 15 minute interval.

Bring a chair and a picnic.

Assistance dogs only
Age 7+

We are unable to offer refunds for this production

Aug
15
Sun
2021
Music in the Garden
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Live Music in the Garden – the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s afternoon.

Bring a picnic and relax with the family in a beautiful garden setting, whilst serenaded by a different musical act each Sunday. Kick back and let the music wash over you…

The Gardener’s Retreat café will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden. Dogs on leads welcome.

Aug
20
Fri
2021
Music & Movie Night – Rocketman
Aug 20 @ 6:00 pm – 10:45 pm

A summer evening of live music and movie magic under the stars

Enjoy exclusive access to the Garden from 6pm, followed by live music and open air cinema on the South Lawn, set against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion. A selection of pop-up food stalls include drinks, ice-creams and pre-bookable Sourdough Pizzas – all you need for a great night out.

Don’t forget to bring a deckchair, or book a Premium Ticket which includes a deckchair and blanket ready for you at the front of the screening area.

The Music:
Miss Jones at the movies, featuring Rufus Quickenden – 7.00pm
The evening kicks off with live music from the talented Miss Jones and Rufus, taking us on a nostalgic journey of classic film soundtracks from Bond’s Goldfinger to Dirty Dancing. Miss Jones is a vintage-style singer and multi-instrumentalist and is collaborating with pianist Rufus Quickenden this summer to bring film soundtracks to life as part of Borde Hill’s Music & Movie Night.

The Movie: Rocketman (15) – starts at 8.45pm, run time 2 hrs
Join us for the incredible hit movie Rocketman. An epic musical fantasy, this multi-award-winning tale follows the fantastical journey of transformation of shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John. The BAFTA-winning Taron Egerton is incredible as the world-famous music star, and the songs and stunning visuals lift the story into the stratosphere!

Tickets (advance booking required)
Adult: £20.00
Child: £12.50 (the film is not suitable for anyone younger than 15 years)
Premium: £25.00 (includes a deckchair and blanket at the front of the screening area)

  • Entry: to the South Lawn where the event is taking place is via Reception located at the top of the drive. The gates open at 6.00pm. The live music begins at 7.00pm and the film at 8.45pm, finishing at 10.45pm (timings are approximate and subject to weather conditions on the night).
  • Tickets: Please bring a printout of your booking confirmation, receipt or e-ticket(s) with you, or show it on your phone on arrival.
  • Parking: Please park your car in the visitor car park. The event will take place on the South Lawn, which is approximately 100m from the car park. Cars may not be left in the car park overnight. Disabled bays are available in the visitor car park.
  • Food and Drink: A selection of barista coffee, loose lead tea, soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase from The Gardeners’ Retreat café adjacent to the performance area. There will also be a selection of pop-up food vans (to be confirmed) and guests are welcome to bring picnics. Normal licensing rules apply, no alcohol to be drunk by or supplied to under 18s. Please do not bring glasses or glass bottles to the event, only plastic and cans.
  • Premium Seats: If you have booked a Premium Deckchair Seat, this will be located at the front of the screening area right up until the start of the film. You will be given a blanket to use for the evening. Please leave this on your seat at the end of the show.
  • General Entry Seats: Please remember to bring your own picnic rug, beanbag, low-backed camping chair or deckchair to the screening. Rugs and beanbags will be located near the front, with camping chairs and deckchairs behind, so that everyone gets a good view. Guests arriving with high-backed chairs may be asked to sit at the sides or rear.
  • Toilets: Toilets, to include an accessible toilet, located at the Reception building and the Biomass building.
  • Other Useful Info: please bring practical, warm clothes and footwear, plus blankets to keep warm. Please respect the venue and take your litter home.
  • Weather: screenings proceed in all weathers, including rain, screenings are only stopped or postponed if the weather is deemed to be making the event unsafe. No umbrellas are allowed in the screening area once the film begins. In the event of needing to postpone or cancel a screening (due to prolonged, heavy rain, high winds or thunderstorms), we’ll e-mail all customers and post on social media. Please look out for this information on the day of the screening if the weather is looking dodgy!
  • Terms and Conditions: management reserve the right to refuse entry. Customers are requested to respect their fellow audience members by not making unnecessary noise or disturbing those around them during the screening. Usual film certification rules apply. Smoking and vaping is not permitted in the Garden.
  • Directions: Car – Borde Hill is 1.5 miles north of Haywards Heath off Borde Hill Lane, (SatNav RH16 1XP). Rail – the nearest train station is in Haywards Heath Taxi transfers are available from the station

Wood-fired Sourdough Pizza
Pre-order in advance so that your Pizza is ready for collection on the night. SOPI is a Sussex-based, family-run mobile pizzeria serving wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Their handmade, hand-shaped pizzas are stretched to between 11 and 12 inches before being cooked in a specialist wood-fired oven at 450°C. This is what gives the bases their distinctive charring and light texture. SOPI use a combination of high-quality Italian and local ingredients and keep the toppings simple, honouring the classics.

Photographed by Emma Croman

Click here for details of our second Music & Movie night on Saturday 21 August when we will screen The Greatest Showman

Aug
21
Sat
2021
Music & Movie Night – The Greatest Showman
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

A summer evening of live music and movie magic under the stars

Enjoy exclusive access to the Garden from 6pm, followed by live music and open air cinema on the South Lawn, set against the magical backdrop of the Elizabethan Mansion. A selection of pop-up food stalls include drinks, ice-creams and pre-bookable Sourdough Pizzas – all you need for a great night out.

Don’t forget to bring a deckchair, or book a Premium Ticket which includes a deckchair and blanket ready for you at the front of the screening area.

The Music: TBC – 7.00pm
Get rocking and a rolling as the evening kicks off with live music in the Garden. Check back for details.

The Movie: The Greatest Showman (PG) – starts at 8.45pm, run time 1hr 45mins
Roll up, roll up for the ultimate open-air cinema favourite, The Greatest Showman. Get ready to experience the dazzling sights and sounds of the fantastic family musical on our outdoor big screen, and sing along to all those huge hits, including ‘The Greatest Show’, ‘Never Enough’, ‘Re-write The Stars’, ‘From Now On’ and of course ‘This Is Me’. A perfect film to enjoy under a moonlit sky.

Tickets (advance booking required)
Adult: £20.00
Child: £12.50
Premium: £25.00 (includes a deckchair and blanket at the front of the screening area)

  • Entry: to the South Lawn where the event is taking place is via Reception located at the top of the drive. The gates open at 6.00pm. The live music begins at 7.00pm and the film at 8.45pm, finishing at 10.30pm (timings are approximate and subject to weather conditions on the night).
  • Tickets: Please bring a printout of your booking confirmation, receipt or e-ticket(s) with you, or show it on your phone on arrival.
  • Parking: Please park your car in the visitor car park. The event will take place on the South Lawn, which is approximately 100m from the car park. Cars may not be left in the car park overnight. Disabled bays are available in the visitor car park.
  • Food and Drink: A selection of barista coffee, loose lead tea, soft drinks, wine and snacks will be available for purchase from The Gardeners’ Retreat café adjacent to the performance area. There will also be a selection of pop-up food vans (to be confirmed) and guests are welcome to bring picnics. Normal licensing rules apply, no alcohol to be drunk by or supplied to under 18s. Please do not bring glasses or glass bottles to the event, only plastic and cans.
  • Premium Seats: If you have booked a Premium Deckchair Seat, this will be located at the front of the screening area right up until the start of the film. You will be given a blanket to use for the evening. Please leave this on your seat at the end of the show.
  • General Entry Seats: Please remember to bring your own picnic rug, beanbag, low-backed camping chair or deckchair to the screening. Rugs and beanbags will be located near the front, with camping chairs and deckchairs behind, so that everyone gets a good view. Guests arriving with high-backed chairs may be asked to sit at the sides or rear.
  • Toilets: Toilets, to include an accessible toilet, located at the Reception building and the Biomass building.
  • Other Useful Info: please bring practical, warm clothes and footwear, plus blankets to keep warm. Please respect the venue and take your litter home.
  • Weather: screenings proceed in all weathers, including rain, screenings are only stopped or postponed if the weather is deemed to be making the event unsafe. No umbrellas are allowed in the screening area once the film begins. In the event of needing to postpone or cancel a screening (due to prolonged, heavy rain, high winds or thunderstorms), we’ll e-mail all customers and post on social media. Please look out for this information on the day of the screening if the weather is looking dodgy!
  • Terms and Conditions: management reserve the right to refuse entry. Customers are requested to respect their fellow audience members by not making unnecessary noise or disturbing those around them during the screening. Usual film certification rules apply. Smoking and vaping is not permitted in the Garden.
  • Directions: Car – Borde Hill is 1.5 miles north of Haywards Heath off Borde Hill Lane, (SatNav RH16 1XP). Rail – the nearest train station is in Haywards Heath Taxi transfers are available from the station

Wood-fired Sourdough Pizza
Pre-order in advance so that your Pizza is ready for collection on the night. SOPI is a Sussex-based, family-run mobile pizzeria serving wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. Their handmade, hand-shaped pizzas are stretched to between 11 and 12 inches before being cooked in a specialist wood-fired oven at 450°C. This is what gives the bases their distinctive charring and light texture. SOPI use a combination of high-quality Italian and local ingredients and keep the toppings simple, honouring the classics.

Photographed by Emma Croman

Click here for details of our first Music & Movie night on Friday 20 August when we will screen Rocketman

Aug
29
Sun
2021
Music in the Garden
Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Live Music in the Garden – the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s afternoon.

Bring a picnic and relax with the family in a beautiful garden setting, whilst serenaded by a different musical act each Sunday. Kick back and let the music wash over you…

The Gardener’s Retreat café will be on hand throughout serving refreshments in the Garden. Dogs on leads welcome.

Sep
5
Sun
2021
Harley Davidson Bikes & Brews
Sep 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Enjoy the unforgettable sights and sounds of Harley-Davidson bikes visiting Borde Hill Garden from the 1066 Chapter.

Featuring live music between 12-2pm, plus a barbecue and local ales available to purchase.

Included in Garden admission (FREE to Friends)

Sep
11
Sat
2021
Workshop: The Power of Plants – Aromatherapy for Health & Wellbeing
Sep 11 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The Power of Plants – Aromatherapy for Health & Wellbeing.

Discover the power of organic essential oils and their positive effects on our health and wellbeing.

Make your own unique and completely natural roll-on aromatherapy blend to take home, using the finest quality organic essential oils.

During this workshop you will be introduced to a range of high quality, organic essential oils, experience their incredible scents and discover their effects on health and wellbeing. We will look at the origins of the aromatic ingredients and how they are made into essential oils, giving you an understanding of how precious and potent they can be. You will feel confident to design and make your own unique aromatherapy oil blend, to support your personal needs.

This workshop includes a short walk through the Garden covering how the aromatic plants were used in Tudor times, with specific reference to the physician from Borde Hill who treated Henry VIII.

Everything will be provided for you, although you may want to bring your own pen and notebook.

No experience necessary, open to all.

Workshop run by Laura Hoy – Clinical Aromatherapist & Essential Oil Consultant www.essentialoilsandyou.co.uk

Tickets
£45.00 (including Garden admission until 5pm)
Advance booking required

The workshop will take place inside the Africa Greenhouse

Sep
12
Sun
2021
Specialist Plant Fair
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Plant Fairs Roadshow returns to Borde Hill Garden with a wide range of locally grown, garden-worthy and unusual plants to inspire keen gardeners.

The Plant Fairs Roadshow is a collective of specialist nurseries who will be setting up their stalls on the South Lawn in front of the Elizabethan Mansion House to provide a mouth-watering range of interesting, rare and unusual plants for plant hungry gardeners. This is a great opportunity to buy direct from the growers and to get free advice from the resident ‘Plant Doctor’.

Nurseries:

To be confirmed

Tickets 
Included in Garden entry (FREE to Friends of Borde Hill)

Historic Houses Members: Free entry does not apply for this special event
Gardeners’ World 2For1 or other discount vouchers are not valid

Sep
18
Sat
2021
Nature for Wellbeing – Meditation for Peace
Sep 18 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Nature for Wellbeing – Meditation for Peace with Calli Popham

Experience the beauty of the Italian Garden in a unique way, while finding inner calm and peace.

Enjoy exclusive access to the Garden before it opens, for a special meditation session surrounded by bird song and tranquillity. The magical grounds are the perfect place to stop, reflect and experience the peace we wish for ourselves, our families and community. At the end of session, guests can enjoy fresh juices and healthy snacks and will be able to stay and enjoy the grounds.

This 45 minute session will include meditation and other mindfulness based activities.

Prior experience is not required; beginners welcome.

Calli is a Senior Yoga Teacher, who teaches a fluid, playful and embodied yoga style,  focusing on bringing you home to yourself on every layer. She is passionate about yoga being accessible for everybody and believes that no one alignment fits all, encouraging students to enquire and move from a place of playful exploration.

Tickets

£18.00 (including Garden admission, fresh juice and a snack).
Advance booking required.

Oct
2
Sat
2021
‘A Wild Escape’ – Wellbeing Day
Oct 2 @ 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

‘A Wild Escape’ – wellbeing day for adults focused on connecting with nature

In this 5 hour workshop you will immerse yourself in Borde Hill’s beautiful Warren Wood, using your senses to connect with nature and experience the health and wellbeing benefits that woodland can provide.

Spend some time forest bathing in a tree hammock, build a woodland shelter to sit and drink a cup of nettle tea made in a storm kettle. Learn how to light a fire using natural materials and cook a wild lunch. Experience nature through your senses and express yourself through art or poetry exercises.

A real restorative experience!

The outdoors offers unique sensory experiences for the chance to regain balance and escape from the pressures of everyday life. Woodlands are natural havens to escape and provide restorative environments, with sounds, sights and smells stimulating all the senses. Research has shown that people are more relaxed in outdoor environments.

Bushcraft encompasses a range of skills based on primitive ways of living which can help us to harness the benefits of nature and allows us to live with and become attuned to the natural world.

More details

Tickets (including Friends):
Adult – £40.00 (including entry to the Garden)
Advance booking required. Tickets are non-refundable.

Duration: ‘A Wild Escape’ will run from 10am-3pm, but participants need to arrive at 9.30am
What to wear: dress for the weather and wear old clothes and suitable footwear. Bring a ground blanket and a waterproof jacket if it’s raining.
Food: hot drinks and marshmallows will be provided, but please bring a picnic including something to cook over the campfire (sausages or corn cob). Please bring cold drinks to stay hydrated.

Please follow the government guidelines for hygiene and bring personal hand sanitisers. This event follows the government venue group gatherings Covid-19 Secure guidelines.

‘A Wild Escape’ is run by Wooducation. Wooducation’s mission is to connect people with nature, the outdoors and promote wellbeing. Bushcraft, parties, team building and educational days.

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